Unlike yesterday’s scones, this loaded Sweet Potato Fry Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Butter is anything but dainty. Grilled or pan-seared steak, topped with blue cheese butter, oven-baked sweet potato fries, fresh romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and tossed together with a simple balsamic vinaigrette. This salad is simple to toss together, colorful, super flavorful, filling, and healthy too. Enjoy this for dinner and save the leftovers for lunch the next day. You’ll have a hard time finding a salad more delicious than this grilled steak salad with sweet potato fries. It’s the perfect dinner to serve any night of the week…all summer long!
I’m going to be honest here, I don’t cook a lot of steak, but when I do, I sure do try to make it GOOD.
Good…like it is here in this salad. Oh, how I love this salad. It’s a fork and knife kind of salad, and most definitely not boring.
The inspiration here is simple. This is the salad my mom and I would order on summer nights when out to dinner at a place called the Moosehead Saloon in Westlake, Ohio. They’d do the salad up right, with grilled steak and hand-cut sweet potato fries. The steak was good, but for me, it was all about the fries.
But then I’m a girl who really loves her sweet potato fries. Especially when paired with steak. Something about the combination of savory, salty, juicy steak with fries that were crisp on the outside, soft and sweet on the inside, had us girls coming back whenever we could convince my dad to go.
And adding blue cheese (butter) to the mix? Wow, just mouthwatering, roll your eyes back delicious.
To make this sweet potato fry steak salad.
Give yourself a little time. I know we all love a quick recipe, but the fries take time in oven, so plan ahead. Plus…fries are quite simply the best thing ever to be put on top of a salad. Dramatic, but true.
I like to cut my fries super thin and skinny, then toss them with a mix of chili powder and plenty of flaky sea salt. Roast them in the oven until crisp on the outside, but still soft in the center. Fair warning, these fries are addicting. You might just double the recipe…some for the top of the salad and some to snack on later.
So don’t let a little time in the oven stop you from making this salad. Even though it’s going to take you longer than twenty minutes, it’s all very easy, and so simple to put together.
While the fries are in the oven, work on the remainder of the salad. For the vinaigrette, a simple balsamic vinaigrette is just perfect. It’s tangy, yet balanced with a touch of honey and fresh thyme from the garden (just loving my garden herbs). Simply mix everything for the vinaigrette in a glass jar and shake to combine. Easy.
Tip: save your glass jam jars and use them to hold salad dressings and sauces.
For the steak, I used a ribeye. And while I think it’s the perfect cut for this salad, you can use whatever cut of steak you and your family enjoy most. A flank steak is always nice for grilling, and pretty affordable too.
Season the steak simply with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then toss it on the grill. We like our steaks medium-rare, but cook to your personal desired doneness. Whenever you’re cooking any kind of red meat, it’s key to let the meat rest at least five to ten minutes before slicing. Allowing the meat to rest, seals in the delicious juices. It’s also important to note that while the meat is resting, it will continue to cook as it sits. Just something to note and keep in mind as you prepare the steak and plan for the perfect “doneness” level.
Tip: the cooking times for steak listed within this recipe from Food Network are really helpful.
Last up, that blue cheese butter…
Yes. You need this.
I know some of you will say you probably won’t like the blue cheese, but you guys, please, try it. This butter is delicious and the best thing you can smear over your grilled steak. It adds yet another layer of deliciousness. I promise.
You’ll want to spread the butter over the steak just after grilling, then slice the steak against the grain.
Of course, if you just cannot do blue cheese, swap the blue cheese for grated parmesan. Or make a garlic butter with one or two cloves of grated garlic. Either will be delicious too!
Put it all together…
By the time the fries are done cooking, the rest of the salad should be pretty much prepped and ready to serve. Toss the greens, tomatoes, and avocado with the dressing. Add the fries and steak. Top with additional blue cheese.
Basic? Traditional? Boring? NOPE, this salad is none of those.
The fries make it, the blue cheese butter seals the deal, and the steak just makes it perfect for summertime. Looking forward to making this over the weekend for Father’s Day. It’s going to make for the perfect dinner salad with a double side of fries plus grilled corn too. Yum!
Looking for other summer salads? Here are a few of my go-to’s.
Lastly, if you make this sweet potato fry steak salad with blue cheese butter, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
Sweet Potato Fry Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Butter
Calories Per Serving: 498 kcal
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- 3 small-medium sweet potatoes, cut into matchsticks
- 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
- kosher salt and fresh black pepper
- 1 (8-10 ounce) ribeye steak or 1 1/2 pound flank steak
- 6 cups shredded romaine lettuce
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 4 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
- 3-4 ounces gorgonzola or blue cheese, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- 1. To make the fries. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the sweet potatoes on a large baking sheet and toss with 3 tablespoons olive oil, the chipotle chili powder, and a large pinch each of salt and pepper. Spread the fries in an even layer. Transfer to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, then flip and bake for 15-20 minutes more. You want the sweet potatoes to be tender, yet crisp. 2. To make the vinaigrette. Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and shake or whisk until combined. Taste and adjust the salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.3. To make the steak. Remove the steaks from the fridge 30 minutes prior to grilling. Preheat the grill or a grill pan to high heat. Rub with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Sear until your desired doneness is reached, about 5-8 minutes for medium-rare, per side. Remove the steaks and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.4. Combine the butter, blue cheese, and basil in a bowl. Spread the butter over the steak, then slice against the grain.5. Assemble the salad. Add the romaine, tomatoes, avocado, and dressing. Toss to combine. Once the salad has been tossed, top with fries and steak. Serve immediately.
Blue Cheese: if you just can't do blue cheese, swap the blue cheese for 1/3 cup grated parmesan or make garlic butter with 1-2 cloves grated garlic. Either will be delicious.